AT COLORADO: Career Notes—He finished his career with 87 receptions for 974 yards and 11 touchdowns for the regular season, numbers which ranked him fourth, fifth and second all-time among tight ends at Colorado. Overall, he was 16th in receptions, 22nd in receiving yards and 10th, respectively, for all receivers in those categories. With 68 points, he tied for 73rd in scoring (11 TDs, one two-point conversion).
2009 (Sr.)—He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the Associated Press and The Sporting News, with the league coaches affording him second-team mention. He was the recipient of CU’s Eddie Crowder Award for leadership, and also earned a Gold Group Commitment Award. He was the first-team All-Colorado tight end as selected by the state’s chapter of the NFF/College Football Hall of Fame, and he earned a postseason invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. One of 30 original players on the official watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end, and was on the updated midseason list of 22 but did not advance to semifinal status. He played in all 12 games, starting 11 (in the other, at Oklahoma State, CU opened in a four receiver set) and was third on the team in receptions (36) and receiving yards (402). He also scored four touchdowns in averaging 11.2 yards per catch; he had six receptions for 20-plus yards and 16 for 10 or more, while 21 earned first downs (10 on third/fourth downs). He caught a season high seven balls at West Virginia, for a season-best 89 yards; other top games included Colorado State (6-65), Kansas (4-65, 1 TD) and Oklahoma State (4-32, 1 TD). He sat out of all contact drills during the spring while completing rehabilitation from winter shoulder surgery.
2008 (Jr.)—He missed the first two games after undergoing August knee surgery (arthroscopic), but played in the remaining 10 games of the season, including eight starts. He caught 13 passes for 183 yards on the year (14.1 per), with his biggest game in the finale at Nebraska, when he had two catches for 86 yards; on CU’s second play of the game, he rambled 68 yards for a touchdown after breaking clear down the middle for easy pickings by Cody Hawkins. He caught a season-high four balls versus Kansas State (but for just 12 yards), and he had another big game at Texas A&M (3-50). His other touchdown was a 2-yard snare against Florida State in Jacksonville. He did not participate in spring practice while awaiting a ruling on his future after being suspended by CU’s Office of Judicial Affairs for his alleged involvement in an off-campus incident during the winter. Selected as a team captain prior to the start of the season.
2007 (Soph.)—He saw action in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, starting eight (all in the regular season). He got off to kind of a slow start after dinging a knee early on and didn’t return to his old self until late in the season. That was the main reason his receptions were lower than the previous year, as he caught 14 passes for 128 yards (9.1 average), and two touchdowns. He had five catches for 10 or more yards (two for 20-plus), earned four first downs. Three of those came on third down, as he proved to be clutch. He caught his first touchdown pass on the season at Texas Tech, a 2-yard grab from Cody Hawkins, on fourth down. It put Colorado ahead 14-0 at the time en route to a 31-26 victory. Then at Iowa State, on a fourth-and-10 late in the first half, he broke free for a 28-yard touchdown catch and run that extended the CU lead to 21-0. Those were two of CU’s five fourth down touchdowns on the season, all of which were passes to tight ends. He had three catches for 40 yards and the score at Iowa State, had one catch for 32 yards at Arizona State, and snared four passes for 14 yards versus Florida State; he did not have a catch in the bowl game. He continued to improve as a blocker as he played the position about 10 pounds heavier than he did as a redshirt freshman.
2006 (Fr.-RS)—He earned second-team Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News and Rivals.com, with third-team mention from collegefootballnews.com; TSN selected him as a first-team Freshman All-Big 12 team member. He earned second-team All-Colorado accolades as selected by the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation, and was the recipient of the Lee Willard Award for having the most outstanding freshman season (true or redshirt) on the team. He became the first freshman, true or redshirt, to ever lead Colorado in receiving as he caught 24 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns (all three were actually team bests). The 24 receptions were the most by a freshman tight end in school history, besting the old mark of 20 (Brody Heffner Liddiard, 1996). He was the first tight end to lead the Buffs in receiving since Daniel Graham did so in 2001, and just the 10th to do so since 1963. In playing in all 12 games, including nine starts, he caught at least one pass in 10 games, with his top game in receptions and yards coming at Georgia, when he hauled in seven for 71. His first career touchdown was a 10-yard effort that sent the Baylor game into the second overtime; he scored TDs against Texas Tech and Nebraska. He earned 15 first downs (five on third down), had 13 catches of 10 yards or more and three of 20 or longer, with his longest on the year a 28-yard scoring grab versus Tech. He also played all 47 snaps on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams. He added about 12 pounds of muscle to his frame while redshirting.
2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he practiced the entire fall at tight end. He developed nicely at the position, as he never played tight end in high school but had the kind of frame where the coaches felt he could become a natural.
HIGH SCHOOL—He had a unique position combination, playing quarterback and defensive line his senior year, while also serving as his team’s punter. He was first-team all-state (5A) and an All-Colorado selection a tight end by the Denver Post, although he played the position sparingly. The Rocky Mountain News also named him to its first-team all-state and All-Colorado squads as a punter. He received first-team all-Southwestern Conference honors that season as well, and was also named his team’s MVP. Rivals.com tabbed him the No. 13 player in Colorado, while SuperPrep named him an All-Midlands (No. 45 overall) selection. In his junior season, he received honorable mention all-state honors at quarterback. On defense in his senior year, he recorded 50 tackles, three quarterback sacks and one interception. On offense, he was a dual threat at quarterback, passing for 453 yards and five touchdowns and running for 644 yards and 20 scores. He finished the season with a 48.1 average in his punting duties, and also had spot duty returning punts on the year. During his junior campaign, he passed for 1,234 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 789 rush yards and 10 scores; he saw limited action on defense. Top games: in leading his team to a 49-20 victory over Durango his senior year, he rushed for 238 yards and four scores; against Pomona that same season, he ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to a 19-14 victory. Fruita Monument was 5-5 his senior year, was 10-4 his junior season, losing in the state title game, and was 9-4 his sophomore year under coach Bill Moore. He also lettered three times in basketball (averaging 17 points per game as a senior).
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a B.S. degree in History in December 2009. In high school he owned a 3.1 grade point average, as his school, Fruita-Monument, was the CHSAA 5A Academic Team Champion in football with a team GPA of 3.3.
PERSONAL—He was born December 19, 1986 in Newcastle, Wyo. Hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies, fishing, hunting and hiking, the latter trio with his dog, Zeke. He has done volunteer work with the Salvation Army during the summer months. His grandfather, Al Fetter, wrestled at Wyoming, and an uncle, Kelly Fetter, ran track at Colorado Mines.
|ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Passing: 1-0-1, 0 (2006).